How to Get Your CV Noticed by Recruiters
How to Get Your CV Noticed by Recruiters
According to the latest research from Adzuna, South Africa’s premier job search website, a lot of CVs never get perused by human recruiters, which means that all those CVs you send out to one company after the other might be a waste of your time and energy.
Why? Well because CVs are screened with computerized software these days, highlighting only CVs from candidates that meet certain set criteria such as the right qualifications and job experience.
Applicant Tracking Software systems are being used more than ever before, most of which operate within global companies. Some ATS systems are state-of-the-art, but there are also rudimentary systems in place, so your CV still needs to pass both types of systems.
The system works using storing CVs in searchable databases where they are then parsed. When your CV is parsed, the components such as styling are removed from your original document, leaving behind a string of text that can be read and analyzed by computers.
From the moment your CV is parsed, the computers can compare your skills and abilities with the set minimum requirements for the job you applied for. The problem, however, is having a CV that doesn’t parse well, in which case you won’t make it past the digital doormen.
In an effort to help you get your CV seen and read by actual recruiters (and not just the machines), here are a few tips and tricks you can apply when it comes to compiling your CV:
1. Proof Your CV
Make sure you have proofread and checked out all spelling and grammar on your CV. You’re going to want to pay special attention to the areas involving job titles and skill sets. While it’s fine to use a standard word editing program to edit and format your CV, try not to save your CV in a PDF format since not all ATS systems are able to read PDF documents.
2. Keep It Simple
Make sure that you use words from the job ad in your application letter, and try to use a few variations of those keywords, but don’t overdo it with different fonts and styles. Stick to using a standard font in black like Arial, Courier, and Tahoma, and always make sure to use proper capitalization so that the ATS systems can link to the relevancy of your CV. DO NOT make use of white fonts to include hidden keywords in your CV as some ATS systems can pick this up, and it will make it seem like you’re trying to cheat the system. Another thing you want to focus on is the use of special characters. Stick to using plain bullet points to avoid confusion.
3. Keep CV Basics in Mind
Standard CV headings such as Summary, Work History, Skills, and Education need to be featured on your CV. Remember to stay consistent when detailing your employment history reporting Company Name, Title, Location, and Date for each entry you have. You should also be wary of the abbreviations you use in your CV, always sticking to spelled-out versions of the word in the first instance to make it easier for the ATS system to understand.
4. Don’t Overcomplicate It
It’s essential to keep in mind that you should never use image files where text is supposed to go since the ATS systems cannot analyze the text on an image file. Avoid the use of tables in your CV, and unless you want your text to be ignored, never place it in the header or footer section of the document.
5. Upload Like a Pro
When uploading your CV, be sure to actually upload it, and not just go the copy and paste route as this might interfere with the document format. Once you’ve uploaded your CV, you’re done, so don’t upload multiple CVs to the same company for the same job as it may come across as spam.
Once you’ve managed to get your CCV past the ATS software, you’ll have a real shot at having your CV read by the hiring manager, but that’s just one leg of the race. The next - and most crucial - part will be passing the human test. After a recruiter has looked at your CV, you might get invited to an interview, but that’s where you’ll need to have what it takes to impress real people, not just machines.
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